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Google announces revised Chromebook line-up, introduces new $249 Samsung model

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Google announces revised Chromebook line-up, introduces new $249 Samsung model
The Chromebook could hardly be described as a runaway success since it was introduced at I/O last year. That said, Google is currently staying on track with its Chrome OS powered laptops. Gone from the line-up are the Acer AC700 and Samsung Series 5 models, leaving the familiar, larger, Samsung Chromebook 550.

To replace the smaller units is a new Samsung Chromebook model, simply called, Samsung Chromebook. On board is a 11.6-inch screen, weighs only 2.5 pounds (1.1 kg), features a Samsung Exynos Dual processor and a battery that lasts about 6.5 hours. Also included is dual-band Wi-Fi (802.11 a/b/g/n), Bluetooth 3.0, a front VGA camera, HDMI, a single USB 2.0 and a single USB 3.0.

The Samsung Chromebook is, like its predecessors, very cloud-centric. Google provides 100GB of free storage for two years. You will want to use it, since the SSD on this thing is only 16GB. Or, you can buy a 64GB USB drive, or SD card for less than $20, which you are sure to want to do since there is no cellular modem (for that, you would want the Samsung Chromebook 550, or use a Mi-Fi or smartphone’s hot-spot).

This Chromebook is in a good position to be a decent all-around portable computer and is attractively priced at $249. It would be nice to see some integration with Android however. You can pre-order the Samsung Chromebook now, but it will also be available at retailers starting next week.

source: Google via Redmond Pie




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posted on 18 Oct 2012, 20:41 3

1. nnaatthhaannx2 (Posts: 820; Member since: 19 Oct 2011)


Meh.
Not impressed.

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 20:54

2. TROLL (banned) (Posts: 4851; Member since: 13 Apr 2012)


Me2, the 9$eries looks way much better.

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 21:16 1

3. theBankRobber (Posts: 649; Member since: 22 Sep 2011)


There's no CPU clock spec or ram memory spec, I hope it has a beefy CPU and ram and then maybe we can talk.

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 21:35 2

5. Birds (Posts: 1028; Member since: 21 Nov 2011)


Cnet says its a Samsung exynos a15 but there is no information on the clock speed.

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 22:23 2

12. Dr.Phil (Posts: 931; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


According to Engadget, it should have the new Exynos 5 series chipset. That should make it at least on par with the quad-core A9 chipsets while still being dual-core. According to Samsung, each A15 core is 1.5-2 times faster than one core of the A9 cortex. That means that a dual-core A15 processor is at least on par with a quad-core A9 chipset.

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 00:00

14. hung2900 (Posts: 821; Member since: 02 Mar 2012)


Sure it is Exynos 5 because of usb 3.0 support

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 21:16 1

4. MeoCao (unregistered)


Time to introduce Android books, Google.

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 21:36 1

6. pikapowerize (banned) (Posts: 1869; Member since: 03 May 2012)


time for google to merge android to chrome OS!! and make a powerful alternative to windows pc and macs!!!

so that it will be useful even with no internet connection!

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 21:41

7. lyndon420 (Posts: 1785; Member since: 11 Jul 2012)


Need a ChromePad.

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 02:51

17. Nathan_ingx (Posts: 3024; Member since: 07 Mar 2012)


That's a chromepad with an un-detachable keyboard!!! Not impressed! Better get an Android tablet.

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 21:43

8. Ravail (Posts: 182; Member since: 14 Oct 2011)


Wow, i love it! cant wait to get mine!

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 21:55 1

9. GALAXY-STORM (Posts: 328; Member since: 13 Oct 2012)


we need laptops and pc's running on android os. android ftw

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 22:14

10. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1054; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


Pssh, a Note 2 is more powerful! Thatd be a better compromise.

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 22:19 2

11. Dr.Phil (Posts: 931; Member since: 14 Feb 2011)


According to Engadget, this Chromebook actually features the new Exynos 5 series chipset. So, actually this should be just as powerful as the Note II, if not a little bit more powerful. The Exynos 5 series is built on the new A15 architecture, versus the A9 architecture of the Note II.

posted on 18 Oct 2012, 22:43 2

13. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1054; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


Ugh, Dr.Phil you're always right!

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 01:08

15. shuaibhere (Posts: 1676; Member since: 07 Jul 2012)


Cool price!!!!!

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 01:39

16. aahmed215 (Posts: 86; Member since: 18 Jun 2012)


I feel like Chromebooks are useless. I might as well get an Android tablet instead.

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 03:24

18. nicholassss (Posts: 358; Member since: 10 May 2012)


Why wouldn't i just get tablet and a keyboard? Seams silly.

posted on 19 Oct 2012, 13:37

19. downphoenix (Posts: 2415; Member since: 19 Jun 2010)


I dunno if Google really gets what they are doing with Chrome OS. It seems to be too redundant to Android to really matter. Its pretty much Android with a touchpad instead of a touchscreen with how limiited it is.

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